HARRISBURG – Legislation removing major regulatory barriers for companies to improve access to high-speed internet across PA received the support of the Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee. Under Senate Bill 1112, certain telecommunications providers would be provided some much-needed regulatory relief so they can more easily deploy broadband to areas of the state that do not currently have access. Bill sponsor, York County Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill says the measure is needed now more than ever with more people using the internet for employment and for education. The bill will modernize the Public Utility Code and require the PA Public Utility Commission to waive certain regulations, review regulations every three years, and eliminate those that are no longer necessary or in the public interest. Phillips-Hill said many regulations which exist in the state’s Public Utility Code have been there for decades while changes in technology and in the telecommunications marketplace have made the requirements unnecessary or illogical. The bill now goes to the state Senate.

SEN. KRISTIN PHILLIPS-HILL